Armenian police use tear gas, stun grenades and batons to disperse protesters near a police station in the capital, Yerevan, that is being occupied by supporters of an imprisoned politician. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT - NATURAL (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Protesters in the Armenian capital clashed with police on Friday (July 29) night next to a police station in the capital, Yerevan, that is being occupied by supporters of a imprisoned politician. According to the media, an opposition rally grew into a march towards the building. Riot police used batons, stun grenades and tear gas to stop the crowd. 165 people have been arrested, media reports said. A group of 30 gunmen seized the police station on July 17, killing a police officer, wounding two others and taking hostage nine officers. The officers have since been released, but the attackers took several doctors hostage last Wednesday. They have demanded the release of jailed opposition politician Jirair Sefilian and the resignation of President Serzh Sarksyan. Their jailed leader is accused by the ex-Soviet state's authorities of plotting civil unrest. Sefilian was jailed in June over allegations of illegally possessing weapons. A former military commander, Sefilian has accused Armenian leader Sarksyan of mishandling a long-running conflict between Armenian-backed separatists in the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan and Azeri forces. A Moscow-brokered ceasefire halted four days of violence in the South Caucasus region in April, the worst flare-up in years. But sporadic shooting persists at night and some deaths have been reported.